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Year Long Service Position Open: Commonwealth Corps Education Enrichment Specialist
View the full position description here
Interested applicants should send their updated resume, cover letter, and ACE general application to Brianna Mirabile at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Applications are due no later than August 2, 2015. 

Operations Director and Program Director Positions now OPEN!
See the full position descriptions here.
Interested applicants should send their updated resume, cover letter, and ACE general application to Brianna Mirabile at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Applications are due no later than August 1, 2015. 

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Mentor Spotlight: Ben Walter


This month's spotlight is on Ben Walter and his mentee Mohammed Adam! Check out what he had to say about the experience of being a mentor!

-Ben, how long have you been with ACE?
1 Year.

-Has your capacity at ACE changed in this time?
Yes, last summer I was an intern working 30 hours/week to develop and co-facilitate the Workforce Development Program. I also subbed for the Summer Reading Program and supervised ACE's two incredible student workers, Mohammed Adam and Adja Sackor.
When my internship ended, I applied to be a mentor and currently meet weekly with Mohammed Adam.

-What is your favorite memory at ACE?
There's not one moment in particular I can pinpoint. However, I've loved the opportunity to see Mohammed grow over the course of a year. When I met him last July, he spoke softly and infrequently. Now, he cracks jokes at every opportunity and is never without a smile on his face. Even when circumstances get him down, he's quick to return to good spirits. I never tire of spending time with him.

-What do you think your greatest accomplishment at ACE has been?
Putting together the Workforce Development Program last summer. While ACE has run the program before, nothing was recorded and I essentially created the program from nothing. I wanted to create a sustainable program, so I documented all the activities I planned to do and compiled a facilitator's manual. When the program finished, I added my notes to the manual so that future facilitators could learn from my mistakes and failures.

-What is the biggest lesson you've learned from working with our students/staff/volunteers?
A positive attitude can turn any situation good!

-What is your favorite activity/event at ACE?
It's not as much an activity as a series of moments: I love the feel of the office, particularly as students trickle in from school and interact with staff, volunteers, and each other. There's a palpable sense of community at ACE, and it's in those fleeting moments that I can feel it.

-If you had to convince someone to get involved with ACE what would you tell them?
In the words of Shia LaBeouf, "JUST DO IT!" (https://www.youtube
.com/watch?v=nuHfVn_cfHU
). A commitment to ACE can be a big or small as you want it to be. (Currently, I come once a week for an hour and a half for the highlight of my week.) Try something new, make new friends, and learn about new people!

-Have you gotten any awards/recognition lately?
I just graduated from Clark University magna cum laude. I also received the Addams-Mill Award from the Sociology Department for academics and activism, and high honors of my honors thesis.

Thanks for sharing Ben, we appreciate all of your hard work!

Interested in becoming a mentor yourself? Send us an email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it !


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